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“Great Expectations”: Frenetic Dickensian Coming of Age, at Town Hall, Lafayette

“Great Expectations”: Frenetic Dickensian Coming of Age, at Town Hall, Lafayette

Gale Childs Daly Delivers Hope of Resurrection from Chaos by Jennifer Ann Charron Most of us are familiar with Great Expectations─Charles Dickens’ Victorian novel about a boy who sells his soul to move up the social ladder. Gale Child Daly’s adaptation suffers, like Pip, the hero, from an off-kilter GPS and chaotic staging. Great Expectations (1861-62) was released in weekly serial segments, so it’s tricky to fit all that Dickensian satire onstage. But it’s clear that the source of British…

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“Mary Poppins” Inspires Rich & Poor, at S.F. Playhouse

“Mary Poppins” Inspires Rich & Poor, at S.F. Playhouse

Millennial Notes Susi Damilano Delivers a Poppin’ Nanny for the Ages by Rachel Norby and Tyler Jeffreys P.L. Travers’ quirky, beloved English governess, Mary Poppins (commanding El Beh) takes a sharp, new turn in director Susi Damilano’s staging. When Mary sings “The whole bloomin’ Empire,” she reminds us that the British Empire was ruling the world in 1900. Mary’s natural alliance with Bert the Chimney Sweeper (swaggy Wiley Naman Strasser) defines a new “Poppins.” Unlike the Disney movie, this “Mary…

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“Kiss” Challenges Illusions & Delusions, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

“Kiss” Challenges Illusions & Delusions, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley

Millennial Notes Guillermo Calderón Expands Our Hearts and Minds by Kelsey Severson Guillermo Calderon’s “Kiss” speaks powerfully on our western ignorance about the Middle Eastern wars. Although ‘Kiss” begins with comic, melodramatic acting and a messy love triangle, Calderón is tackling our willful blindness about the lives of other people. “Kiss” breaks down barriers between the stage and daily life. We laugh out loud, sitting on the edge of our seats. The over-the-top emotions of purposely self-conscious actors push us…

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“Gangster of Love”—A Spectacular Family Reunion, at Magic Theatre, S.F.

“Gangster of Love”—A Spectacular Family Reunion, at Magic Theatre, S.F.

Millennial Notes Hagedorn, Greco Create Masterful Visual Palette by Evelyn Arevalo “The Gangster of Love” by Jessica Hagedorn transports us to the 70s, to follow the outlandish exploits of the newly arrived Filipino Rivera family in San Francisco. Get ready to be amazed by a live action rock band, a psychedelic LSD trip, and a raucous birthday party. Director Loretta Greco gives us an intimate look into the Rivera family’s troubled assimilation into America. With them, we travel the familiar…

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